Palmetto Sunrise: Two GOP candidates to hit S.C. after debate

Marco Rubio smiles as he speaks during Republican presidential debate at Milwaukee Theatre, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Milwaukee. Rubio along with Ohio Gov. John Kasich will campaign in the state today. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

COLUMBIA – State and federal offices will be closed today in observance of Veteran’s Day, but that won’t stop two GOP candidates from visiting the state today.

Fresh off their debate performances from last night, both Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will visit Columbia and Hilton Head Island, today. Rubio, who has gained traction in the GOP field, will visit Hilton Head on Thursday as well.

Unlike the third debate where Marco Rubio was widely seen as the winner, it wasn’t so clear Tuesday evening in Milwaukee. Of course, one candidate did declare victory.

See a full round up of debate stories below.

According to reporter Maya T. Prabhu, Kasich will attend a town hall at 12:30 p.m. at Brookland Baptist Banquet Center in West Columbia. Rubio attended a similar town hall last month.

Later on Wednesday, Rubio will appear at 5:30 p.m. at 790 Huger St. in Columbia to celebrate the opening of his South Carolina campaign headquarters.

Later today, Kasich will participate in one of Sen. Tim Scott’s Presidential Town Halls at the same hotel, Sonesta Resort, that South Carolina Senate Republicans will be at for their fall retreat through Friday.

The retreat “will bring together members of the Senate Republican Caucus and business leaders,” according to the caucus’ website.

Democrats aren’t visiting the state anytime soon, but Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ camp announced Tuesday a new radio spot airing in African American markets in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville and Myrtle Beach.

“We believe that our new radio ad that will air in African-American markets across the state will help introduce voters to Sen. Sanders’ history and his policies to fight against the structural racism that continues to harm communities of color,” S.C. campaign director Chris Covert said. “We’re excited to continue making inroads with South Carolinians and this is just the beginning of our expanded outreach to African-American voters.”

The spot is voiced by Reg Cathey, who played Freddy in “House of Cards.” Listen here.

The ad is part of a stronger push by the Sanders’ camp to break Hillary Clinton’s lock on the critical black vote in the state. A Monmouth University Poll, from Tuesday, found Clinton is seen as the candidate who can better address the concerns of African-Americans. Three-in-four say she would do an excellent or good job. Also 75 percent of black voters and 72 percent of white voters are equally as likely to trust Clinton to handle issues of concern to the black community.

A Public Policy Polling poll, also released Tuesday, has Clinton with 86 percent of the black vote to Sanders’ 11 percent.

Following the Senate’s vote Tuesday, President Barack Obama is expected to sign a $607 billion defense spending bill that will make it harder for him to close Guantanamo Bay, a goal of his, before leaving office. South Carolina is one of three states which have facilities under review by the Pentagon to house Gitmo prisoners.

Here are some of today’s headlines:

Debate roundup:

RECAP: The Fourth GOP Presidential Debate (NBC News)

AP FACT CHECK: GOP candidates flub some figures in debate (AP)

The fourth GOP debate is more about the party’s path than personal attacks (The Washington Post)

In GOP debate, Trump and Carson say hiking pay isn’t the answer (USA Today)

Chris Christie saves all his shots for Clinton in G.O.P. undercard debate (The New York Times)

Analysis: Sharp policy divisions emerge on awkward Republican debate stage (ABC News)

Fox Business plays it safe (POLITICO)

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